Looking back on my move to Hawai’i’s big island, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It had been years since I had been back to this island, 20 to be exact, and all my memories of my childhood vacations to Kona had long been foggy. The only real thing I can say about my early trips to Hawaii is that I was so proud to say my family were coffee farmers.
I was born and raised in a small, coastal logging town on the southern coast of Oregon. I spent the first 18 years of my life in dark, windy, and rainy weather, unable to even enjoy some of my favorite aspects of living on the coast……like the ocean!
When it came time to start my life as a young adult I decided to pursue a college degree and spent the next few years of my life studying at Southern Oregon University. However, upon graduating and entering the “real world”, I still felt as though I hadn’t uncovered my true passion. Or had I just been to blind all a long to see it? I wanted to do something rewarding, something that I could truly say I had an impact on. So when my uncle gave me an opportunity to learn about the family business of coffee farming, I practically hit the roof.
I can barley remember life without coffee, but I can assure you that my life has only been enhanced by this magnificent beverage. But even with an extraordinary craving for caffeine, I knew very little about what I was consuming. This would all change very quickly. I arrived at the farm in early August of 2017, and proceeded to work my first processing season on a coffee farm. What an eye opening experience this was for me, and I was incredibly eager to absorb as much information as possible. And after producing coffee for over 40 years, my uncle has a great deal to teach me. I have spent the last 8 months giving myself to my family’s farm, trying to understand all of the ins and outs that make this place tick. An undertaking such as this takes time, time for me to hone in on everything that my uncle has to offer so that our product is never compromised by the changing of hands. Hours and hours of roasting coffee, listening, watching, tasting, smelling, trying to understand the art that is roasting. This would soon become my favorite aspect of the farm, something that pushed me to be better, to create a coffee that holds true to the Langenstein name.
I guess what I am trying to write here is what brought me to this Island and what I hope to achieve here. Its really very simple when I get down to it, I want to share my family’s 45 years of tireless work to bring an impeccable product to consumers across the world. A product made with love, passion, ingenuity, something that I would feel so proud to be apart of.
So far so good,